Securing Communities’ Right to ‘Free Prior and Informed’ Consent in Kenya’s Extractive Sector

Kieran Doherty/Oxfam
Paper publication date: 
Monday, November 6, 2017

Kenya’s extractive sector, particularly the oil and gas sector is nascent and emerging, with potential to change the economic status of communities if handled properly. However, lessons from most African countries in Africa have been that there has not been prudent planning and management of most natural resources and especially oil, leading to massive exploitation of communities and little improvement of the poverty status in the resource rich-areas. It is important the Kenya averts this ‘resource curse’ by mitigating any loopholes and promoting adherence of good practices from the on-set of operations.